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Transplant immunology

Margaret M Brosnahan, Emily J Silvela, Jessica Crumb, Donald C Miller, Hollis N Erb, Douglas F Antczak
Invasive trophoblast from Day-34 horse conceptuses survives in extra-uterine sites in allogeneic recipients that are immunologically naïve to donor major histocompatibility complex class I antigens. The ectopic trophoblast retains its in utero characteristics, including similar lifespan, physiologic effect of its secreted product (equine chorionic gonadotrophin) upon the recipient's ovaries, and induction of host immune responses. Immunologic memory has not been considered previously in this experimental system...
October 19, 2016: Biology of Reproduction
Ashley I Beyer, Marcus O Muench
Immunodeficient mice play a critical role in hematology research as in vivo models of hematopoiesis and immunology. Multiple strains have been developed, but hematopoietic stem cell engraftment and immune reconstitution have not been methodically compared among them. Four mouse strains were transplanted with human fetal bone marrow or adult peripheral blood CD34+ cells: NSG, NSG-3GS, hSCF-Tg-NSG and hSIRPα-DKO. Hematopoietic engraftment in the bone marrow, blood, spleen and liver was evaluated by flow cytometry 12 weeks after transplant...
October 19, 2016: Stem Cells and Development
Claudia Colomba, Marcello Trizzino, Claudia Gioè, Danilo Di Bona, Alessandra Mularoni, Antonio Cascio
Here we describe the case of a HIV-infected patient with polycystic kidney disease and end stage renal diseases not transplantable due to the persistence of a CD4 count <200 notwithstanding a good virological response to highly active antiretroviral therapy and suggest that such limitation to kidney transplantation in such as cases might be bypassed.
2016: IDCases
Samuel Torres-Landa, Janette Furuzawa-Carballeda, Enrique Coss-Adame, Miguel A Valdovinos, Edgar Alejandro-Medrano, Bárbara Ramos-Ávalos, Braulio Martínez-Benítez, Gonzalo Torres-Villalobos
The aim of the study was to characterize the presence of diverse CD4 and CD8 T cell subsets and regulatory cells in peripheral blood and lower oesophageal sphincter (LES) from a young patient with BE/achalasia without treatment versus achalasia group. In order to characterize the circulating cells in this patient, a cytometric analysis was performed. LES tissue was evaluated by double-immunostaining procedure. Five healthy blood donors, 5 type achalasia patients, and 5 oesophagus tissue samples (gastrooesophageal junction) from transplant donors were included as control groups...
2016: Case Reports in Gastrointestinal Medicine
Yifeng Cai, Shoubao Ma, Yuejun Liu, Huanle Gong, Qiao Cheng, Bo Hu, Yan Wu, Xiao Yu, Chen Dong, Kai Sun, Depei Wu, Haiyan Liu
The role of IL-17 and IL-17-producing CD4(+) T cells in acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) has been controversial in recent mouse and human studies. We carried out studies in a murine acute GVHD model of fully major histocompatibility complex-mismatched myeloablative bone marrow transplantation. We showed that donor wild-type CD4(+) T cells exacerbated acute GVHD compared with IL-17(-/-) CD4(+) T cells, while IL-17 reduced the severity of acute GVHD. The augmentation of acute GVHD by transferred donor IL-17-producing CD4(+) T cells was associated with increased Th1 responses, while IL-17 decreased the percentages of Th1 cells in the GVHD target organs...
October 17, 2016: Cellular & Molecular Immunology
Kevin V Chow, Robyn M Sutherland, Yifan Zhan, Andrew M Lew
Dendritic cells (DCs) are professional antigen presenting cells that consist of functionally and phenotypically heterogeneous populations. Monocyte derived dendritic cells (moDCs) are a DC subset that have been attracting increasing interest due to their potent influence on adaptive immune function and their rapid accumulation upon an inflammatory stimulus. Whilst early studies on moDCs mainly addressed infection, their emergence and function in other settings such as autoimmunity and allogeneic organ transplantation are now being increasingly appreciated...
October 17, 2016: Immunology and Cell Biology
Tasuku Suzuki, Yoji Sasahara, Atsuo Kikuchi, Humihiko Kakuta, Toshihiko Kashiwabara, Takashi Ishige, Yoshiko Nakayama, Masanori Tanaka, Akihiro Hoshino, Hirokazu Kanegane, Daiki Abukawa, Shigeo Kure
PURPOSE: Pediatric inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a heterogeneous disorder caused by multiple factors. Although genetic and immunological analyses are required for a definitive diagnosis, no reports of a comprehensive genetic study of a Japanese population are available. METHODS: In total, 35 Japanese patients <16 years of age suffering from IBD, including 27 patients aged <6 years with very early-onset IBD, were enrolled in this multicenter study. Exome and targeted gene panel sequencing was performed for all patients...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Clinical Immunology
Nataša Katalinić, Marina Fućak, Tajana Crnić, Milena Ćurković, Alma Starčević, Sanja Balen
BACKGROUND: The introduction of more sensitive techniques, such as Luminex® for HLA antibody screening of patients awaiting organ transplantation has resulted in a better understanding of transplantation immunology and improvements in clinical practice. OBJECTIVE: The interpretation of the results obtained only by Luminex® can lead to inaccurate evaluation of a patient's antibody status and unjustified rejection of a potential organ donor. The aim of this study was to demonstrate the benefits of performing HLA antibody screening in the sera of patients on the waiting list for organ transplantation by two different assays, complement dependent cytotoxicity (CDC) and Luminex®...
October 14, 2016: Wiener Klinische Wochenschrift
M Pereira, J Guerra, M Neves, J Gonçalves, A Santana, C Nascimento, A G da Costa
INTRODUCTION: The optimal immunosuppressive induction therapy in kidney transplant recipients with low immunologic risk of acute rejection (AR) is still controversial. The use of basiliximab (BSX) has led to a significant decrease of AR with a low side effect profile. OBJECTIVE: This study sought to evaluate predictive risk factors for AR in low immunologic risk patients subjected to immunosuppressive induction therapy with BSX. METHODS: We reviewed all low immunologic risk patients (panel reactive antibody [PRA] level <50%, who had undergone a first deceased-donor transplant) subjected to immunosuppressive induction therapy with BSX, calcineurin inhibitor, mycophenolate mofetil, and prednisolone (n = 346)...
September 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
Rahul Krishnan, David Ko, Clarence E Foster, Wendy Liu, A M Smink, Bart de Haan, Paul De Vos, Jonathan R T Lakey
Transplantation of alginate-encapsulated islets has the potential to treat patients suffering from type I diabetes, a condition characterized by an autoimmune attack against insulin-secreting beta cells. However, there are multiple immunological challenges associated with this procedure, all of which must be adequately addressed prior to translation from trials in small animal and nonhuman primate models to human clinical trials. Principal threats to graft viability include immune-mediated destruction triggered by immunogenic alginate impurities, unfavorable polymer composition and surface characteristics, and release of membrane-permeable antigens, as well as damage associated molecular patterns (DAMPs) by the encapsulated islets themselves...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Riccardo Calafiore, Giuseppe Basta, Pia Montanucci
Microencapsulation technology, based on use of alginic acid biopolymers, has been devised many years ago. However, when intended for enveloping human islets for transplantation purposes, the method needs to be up-scaled and implemented with care being taken to comply with simple but important measures. It is almost indispensable to rely on an ultrapurified alginic polymers: in fact, any, even minimal, alginate contamination with endotoxins, pyrogens, and proteins could provoke the host's inflammatory reaction upon graft, with heavy adverse consequences on the capsules immunoprotective properties, hence on graft survival per se...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Junji Uchida, Tomoaki Iwai, Kazuya Kabei, Shunji Nishide, Takeshi Yamasaki, Nobuyuki Kuwabara, Toshihide Naganuma, Norihiko Kumada, Yoshiaki Takemoto, Tatsuya Nakatanti
INTRODUCTION: We summarized our experience with ABO-incompatible living kidney transplant recipients from spousal donors receiving rituximab. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Between June 2006 and December 2014, 82 patients with end-stage renal disease underwent living donor kidney transplantation at Osaka City University Hospital, of which 23 cases were ABO-incompatible transplantation between spouses with rituximab induction. We analyzed these recipients, focusing on their immunosuppressive protocols, frequency of acute rejections, and patient/graft survivals...
October 13, 2016: Urologia Internationalis
Cornelis R van der Torren, Jessica S Suwandi, DaHae Lee, Ernst-Jan T van 't Wout, Gaby Duinkerken, Godelieve Swings, Arend Mulder, Frans H J Claas, Zhidong Ling, Pieter Gillard, Bart Keymeulen, Peter In 't Veld, Bart O Roep
Transplantation of islet allografts into type 1 diabetic recipients usually requires multiple pancreas donors to achieve insulin independence. This adds to the challenges of immunological monitoring of islet transplantation currently relying on surrogate immune markers in peripheral blood. We investigated donor origin and infiltration of islets transplanted in the liver of a T1D patient who died of hemorrhagic stroke four months after successful transplantation with two intraportal islet grafts combining six donors...
October 10, 2016: Cell Transplantation
Junbi Xv, Qianwen Ming, Xiaotong Wang, Wenjing Zhang, Zheng Li, Shuai Wang, Yulin Li, Lisha Li
Type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) is an autoimmune disease characterized by lack of insulin and irreversible destruction of islet β cells. In order to alleviate the symptoms, lifelong exogenous insulin administration has been the primary treatment of T1DM. In recent years, as a novel promising therapy, the transplantation of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) with or without pancreatic islets has achieved great therapeutic effects in animal models due to their multipotency along with their secretion of cytokines, angiogenic factors and immunomodulatory substances...
October 10, 2016: Cell and Tissue Research
Yuji Shiba, Toshihito Gomibuchi, Tatsuichiro Seto, Yuko Wada, Hajime Ichimura, Yuki Tanaka, Tatsuki Ogasawara, Kenji Okada, Naoko Shiba, Kengo Sakamoto, Daisuke Ido, Takashi Shiina, Masamichi Ohkura, Junichi Nakai, Narumi Uno, Yasuhiro Kazuki, Mitsuo Oshimura, Itsunari Minami, Uichi Ikeda
Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) constitute a potential source of autologous patient-specific cardiomyocytes for cardiac repair, providing a major benefit over other sources of cells in terms of immune rejection. However, autologous transplantation has substantial challenges related to manufacturing and regulation. Although major histocompatibility complex (MHC)-matched allogeneic transplantation is a promising alternative strategy, few immunological studies have been carried out with iPSCs. Here we describe an allogeneic transplantation model established using the cynomolgus monkey (Macaca fascicularis), the MHC structure of which is identical to that of humans...
October 10, 2016: Nature
Martina Schneider, Teresa Matiqi, Michael Kundi, Franz J J Rieder, Martin Andreas, Robert Strassl, Andreas Zuckermann, Christof Jungbauer, Christoph Steininger
BACKGROUND: The toll-like receptor 2 (TLR2) is a significant component of innate immunity against cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection but information on the clinical significance of the single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) (R753Q) is conflicting. OBJECTIVES: The inconsistent observations of the immunological and clinical significance of the TLR2 R753Q polymorphism for CMV infection indicates the influence of confounders. STUDY DESIGN: The presence of the TLR2 polymorphism was determined by a genotyping assay of 175 HTX patients and 281 healthy blood donors and evaluated in relation to selected virological and clinical parameters...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
Diana Karpman, Sebastian Loos, Ramesh Tati, Ida Arvidsson
Haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS) is defined by the simultaneous occurrence of nonimmune haemolytic anaemia, thrombocytopenia and acute renal failure. This leads to the pathological lesion termed thrombotic microangiopathy, which mainly affects the kidney, as well as other organs. HUS is associated with endothelial cell injury and platelet activation, although the underlying cause may differ. Most cases of HUS are associated with gastrointestinal infection with Shiga toxin-producing enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) strains...
October 10, 2016: Journal of Internal Medicine
Eva Maria Teegen, Isabell Krebs, Corinna Langelotz, Johann Pratschke, Beate Rau
BACKGROUND: Gender differences in medicine are gaining in importance. In transplant surgery, not only the patient's gender but also that of the donor play an important role in the outcome of transplantation due to sociocultural and genetic factors. METHODS: This review article gives an overview of the latest investigations into gender-related influences in the field of visceral transplantation. For this purpose, a systematic review of the literature was performed...
August 2016: Visc Med
Rita Diehl, Fabienne Ferrara, Claudia Müller, Antje Y Dreyer, Damian D McLeod, Stephan Fricke, Johannes Boltze
Almost every experimental treatment strategy using non-autologous cell, tissue or organ transplantation is tested in small and large animal models before clinical translation. Because these strategies require immunosuppression in most cases, immunosuppressive protocols are a key element in transplantation experiments. However, standard immunosuppressive protocols are often applied without detailed knowledge regarding their efficacy within the particular experimental setting and in the chosen model species. Optimization of such protocols is pertinent to the translation of experimental results to human patients and thus warrants further investigation...
October 10, 2016: Cellular & Molecular Immunology
R Thuret, F Kleinclauss, N Terrier, G Karam, M O Timsit
OBJECTIVES: To describe kidney transplantation surgical techniques and to propose strategies in high-risk recipients. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Relevant publications were identified through Medline ( and Embase ( database using the following keywords, alone or in association, "renal transplantation; peripheral arterial disease; obesity; third and fourth transplantation; robotic-assisted kidney transplant; anticoagulant therapy; dual kidney transplant"...
October 6, 2016: Progrès en Urologie
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